Welcome! In case you don’t know me (and I’ve heard there are people who look at the blogs of people they don’t know), here are the basics:
I live in Washington and work as an editor at Lexham Press, the publishing arm of Faithlife Corporation (makers of Logos Bible Software). You can see some of the projects I’ve worked on here. In addition to my regular job, I occasionally take on freelance editing projects—I’m skilled at developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading. If you’re a publisher or author who is looking for a freelance editor or proofreader, take a look at my editing page.
I was born in Michigan, grew up in North Carolina, and studied journalism and Russian at the University of Richmond. I’ve now forgotten most of the Russian, and all of the journalism. After college, I spent two years in Europe (Prague and Budapest) teaching English to high school students, businesspeople, and nuclear research facility workers. I then enrolled in graduate studies at Regent College and graduated in 2008 with a Master of Divinity. I briefly worked part time at a church and drove a school bus, and in 2009 I married my lovely wife, whom I met in Alaska while we were driving tour buses.
I am a Christian. Sometimes I qualify this by saying “orthodox,” and other times “committed.” I have also used the term “evangelical” because I like what it has meant historically. But sometimes I wonder whether the word is worth using anymore, because it can have negative overtones—mostly because of the way American evangelicals have behaved politically in recent times. In any case, whichever adjective I use to modify the word “Christian,” all I mean by it is that I believe every word of the Apostles’ and Nicene creeds, and believe the Bible is the inspired word of God.
I originally gave my blog the name “All Is Grist,” based on the saying “All is grist that comes to the mill” (and the G. K. Chesterton essay collection with that title). This means that everything can be put to use.
Even though I don’t use that title anymore (going with my plain old name instead), I still believe all things, people, and events are connected in some way. I believe nothing is random. I believe the ultimate force behind the universe is personal, and loving. So what I do here is make connections: between what I read and what I see (and because I read a lot, many of my posts are book reviews), between what I think and what I experience, and between everything and Christ, who holds all things together (Col 1:17).
I reserve the right to change my mind if I come to see something in a new way. The opinions expressed here belong to me. They don’t belong to my church, my employer, or any other group I am associated with.